Our question this week was:Dr. Jon – is catnip and catmint the same thing? Do cats like both of them?
Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking if catnip and catmint were the same thing. They are different plants from the same genus Nepeta
. This genus has over 240 species of plants in the family Lamiaceae
. Catnip and catmint are members of this family. I believe they are considered part of the herb family.
They are different plants but both can have an affect on some cats – providing the cat can be stimulated by it.
For more information on how catnip affects cats – read this article – Crazy for Catnip and Catmint
Best of luck!
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